13 February 2015
The First Minister addressed an audience of over 800 in the spectacular Bute Hall at the University of Glasgow, her alma mater, saying that she hopes her achievement will inspire other young women and show that they should not be held back by any “glass ceiling”.
If I can do it anyone can do it.
During her talk, which was organised by student organisation Successful Women at Glasgow, she addressed issues of gender equality.
The responsibility of being First Minister is an enormous one. When you add to that the responsibility of being the first woman to hold the job First Minister then that adds up to a responsibility and privilege that I feel very acutely.
I hope the example of being a female First Minister is one that can inspire others. I am living proof that it can be done.
The simple but powerful message I want my tenure as First Minister to send out to every girl, to every woman in this country is if you are good enough and are prepared to work hard enough there’s nothing, certainly no glass ceiling that should hold you back from fulfilling your dreams, and if I can send that message and make young girls believe that then I will be very very happy indeed.
She ended her speech with a final piece of advice to students.
The piece of advice that I try to follow each and every day is to follow your heart. Whatever it is you want to do in life follow your heart.
In my experience what it tells you is rarely that far from being right.
Glasgow University Guardian and Qmunicate student journalists